Monthly Archives: April 2017

ROOTED OPENING RECEPTION

Event date: May 31, 2017

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Join us beginning May 31st for Rooted. The show will highlight affordable works from eight emerging artists with Southern roots. Featured works will include abstracts, figurative, landscapes, collage and photography. Exhibition runs through July 15, 2017.

The opening reception is Wednesday, May 31st, 6–8 pm, and is open to the public.

RSVP preferred to info@anneneilsonfineart.com

Artist Spotlight: Troy Dugas

Apr 17, 17

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We are excited to present the talented artist, Troy Dugas! He creates intricate collages made up of recycled materials and vintage product labels. Describing his work and artistic process he says, “Repetition, pattern, precision, and scale are used to distract from the original purpose of the label to advertise. The essential elements of color, shape, and line are utilized in a new way and the altered context of the source material provides new meaning.”  Learn more about Troy and his artwork in the interview below.

Hometown: Duson, Louisiana

Currently Living: Lafayette, Louisiana

When did you start your career in art and what is your training?

At 18 years old I knew I wanted to be an artist. I spent 9 years in school as a very serious and determined art student until eventually graduating from Pratt Institute in 1998 with an MFA.

What did you do after school?

I was also fortunate enough to find creative work that not only allowed me to continue living in the city but provided new skills that I would eventually apply to my own work. I worked for Macy’s in-house label and enjoyed seeing the prints I developed hanging on the racks in the store. I picked up some pretty valuable skills and eventually did freelance work for Old Navy and the Gap.

Tell us about your role as the Lead Designer for Blue’s Clues

After working in fashion, I began working for Nickelodeon Digital Studios on a pre-school kids show called Blue’s Clues. I eventually became a Lead Designer for the show creating playful backgrounds and building characters from scanned textures working between the art team and animation team. I really dived deep into this world, and it certainly has had a long and lasting effect.

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When did you move to Louisiana?

All seemed to be going fine until September 11, 2011. I could see the towers on fire from my apartment window and witnessed their collapse. Going to the city each day was terrifying as I would take the L train under the river and then another train right into Time Square for work. I eventually decided that I had accomplished everything I wanted and more from going to school and living in New York.

In 2002, my partner and I found a sweet little Acadian house on the Vermillion River in a small town outside Lafayette to rent for $400 a month! I was able to get an adjunct position at the University of Louisiana, and never wanted to give up making art, I felt like I began to make the most important work of my career. My art was finally taking root. A solo show in 2003 in Lafayette cemented the work I would continue for the next 14 years.

Describe your artistic process:

Scavenging, collecting, archiving, researching, playing, drawing, designing, cutting, shredding, arranging, glueing, painting, composing, looking, borrowing, rearranging, comparing, scaling, turning, tearing, sanding, layering, isolating, lining, perfecting

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

The Fayum portrait series from 2012 – 2013 was very exciting for me. I wanted to break away from the geometric abstraction I’d perfected using product labels and to do a series of “portraits” using the same material.

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Fayum Prince part of the Fayum Portrait Series, 2012 – 2013

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Ancient, futuristic, balances

Who inspires you personally?

My grandmothers

Who inspires you professionally?

Glenn Goldberg, Louise Despont, Benjamin Degen, and Ryan Schneider are artists I really admire.

How much preparation goes into a painting?

Some pieces require making a pieced together pattern that is then transferred to a surface and is very time consuming. The pieces I’m working on currently begin with the surface being covered first with paper material to create an all over pattern. It’s the first step in creating a history of the image that becomes realized.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I live in a 1920’s bungalow type house right smack dab in the middle of a highway. It’s like a moat. Even though I am in the middle of town the yard is full of tropical plants, and oak and pecan trees. My partner is a Master Gardner and an all around nature lover who raises hundreds of birds in five aviaries in our back yard. It’s amazing what you can create when you are willing to live where no one else wants to.

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Troy’s backyard in Louisiana

Favorite place to vacation?

New Mexico

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I wonder if I could get a job at the post office.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I try to take risks in the work however subtle. It’s about discovery for me.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

One of the homeless people I see everyday.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Acrylic medium

What makes your work unique?

There’s a lot of variety in my work from the materials I use to the images I create. Everything is tied together by the application of those materials and my obsession with shape, pattern, and balance.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

Major grants have always been a great boost professionally, financially, and personally. My goal is to hopefully qualify for a major grant in the next 5 years to help me keep going.

Browse a selection of Troy’s work currently available at the gallery:

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Purple, 30×30

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Don Antonio, 45×45

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Glowing Blue Bloom, 38×48

 

 

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Gabrielle Handmade Jewelry Trunk Show and Reception

Event date: May 3, 2017

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Please join us for a special trunk show with Gabrielle!  Her gorgeous designs will be on display May 3 from 10:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M., with a special reception from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Gabe is from Raleigh, North Carolina and received a BFA in jewelry and metals from the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA while maintaining a presence back home in Raleigh.

Her pieces combine historical fashion with contemporary style. One of her specialties is the lost wax casting process, where she integrates traditional clothing adornments into modern pieces of jewelry, preserving the original design by replacing it with metal. To maintain the detail and intricacy of the material, the fibers are dipped in wax, manipulated and lastly re-contextualized into metal to solidify the detail. The transfer of materials completely changes the fabrics weight and feel. The delicately patterned layers become transformed revoking the fragility, while retaining the soft romantic pretense of the original form. The vulnerability of the lace is lost, but the intricacy of the design is captured and formalized into an elegant, one of a kind piece. Gabe also works with semiprecious stones in a variety of colors, styles and designs. Her pieces are unique, delicate and the perfect blend of masculine and feminine concepts.

Lunch and Demonstration with artist, Bethanne Kinsella Cople

Apr 11, 17

This past Saturday Anne Neilson Fine Art was fortunate to host the highly talented Bethanne Kinsella Cople for an educational lunch and painting demonstration. Those who attended were able to witness firsthand her expressive brushwork and well defined style from start to finish.

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Sometime Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, 20×20

The demonstration began with Bethanne reviewing her preferred materials when painting. She took time going over the names of each color and best ways to first approach the canvas. To convey her rich, atmospheric landscapes, she uses a small palette knife and plenty of paint. She scrapes and pushes the oil paint in all directions to achieve her powerful images filled with both depth and beauty.

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Best known for her plein air landscape paintings, Bethanne doled out tips on her favorite, lightweight easel and go to colors she uses to capture her direct observations in the great outdoors. Landscapes are her passion and she travels far and wide for her subjects. She recounted stories of painting on steep mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, closer to home along the Potomac River in Virginia, and near her beach house on the east end of Long Island, NY. She encouraged those in attendance to get outside and really focus on their observations of the landscape recording sight, smell, and sound.

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Bethanne painting en plein air

During the demonstration, Bethanne explained the importance of the “rule of 3”. She emphasized a painting needs to grab your attention from 3 yards away and compel you to walk closer. It then needs to intrigue you even further at 3 feet away by showing you something different. As you get continue walking closer, the painting should reveal even more details at 3 inches away.

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Guest practicing the rule of 3!

We were delighted to have Bethanne in the gallery to share her wealth of knowledge and instruct fellow artists and art lovers alike. Her loosely painted yet realist landscapes provide timeless appeal and fresh details at every glance. Take a look at her new work now on display in the gallery!

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And See You Not, the Clouds Prepare a Shower, 24×26

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Nature is Heaven, 40×40

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Spring Fever

Apr 1, 17

Winter chills have finally subsided making way for the first few glimpses of spring. As we say goodbye to March, Anne Neilson Fine Art is saying hello to April by filling their walls with colorful abstracts and sunny, outdoor landscapes to reflect warmer days ahead.

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Millie Gosch, Low Country Tide, 36 x 48

Millie Gosch’s vibrant landscapes light up our walls as part of the current exhibition, Timeless. With a love of nature, Millie’s open fields, marshlands, and sunsets are all painted “en plein air” meaning directly from life, in the outdoors, and without relying on photographs. Her connection to nature is expressed in the below landscape, Low Country Tide, which highlights the sun’s effect on the billowing pink clouds and low country waters.

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Ellen Dodd, A Touch of Spring Fever, 30 x 30

Ellen Dodd’s vivid abstracts radiate bold colors. A Touch of Spring Fever combines different shades of blues, greens, and yellows in a flurry of gestural brushstrokes to light up our dulled winter senses.

 

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Jhina Alvarado, Two at the Beach, 30 x 40

Jhina Alvarado paints her characters in raw umber and white to create a striking contrast against her boldly pattered backgrounds. A single color is applied to each stencil design to form the background of the painting. Finally, a layer of encaustic wax covers the entire painting adding a yellow-tint reminiscent of the 1930s to 1960s photographs Alvarado uses as inspiration. The timeless figures are cut off through the face leaving a trace of mystery and allowing viewers to apply their own memories. Two at the Beach conjures up memories of long beach days under the hot summer sun.

 

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Kerry Steele, Electricity, 48 x 60

Kerry Steel uses terra, plants, and water along with seasons and light as her subjects. She seeks to isolate separate elements and narrate their relation without ignoring the conscious process of composition. Her spontaneous and emotive painting, Electricity brings about aspects of the changing seasons from winter to spring. Creating a visual metaphor, the imposing abstract painting at 48 inches tall and 60 inches wide engulfs the viewer with it’s dynamic juxtaposition between light and dark.

Stop by the gallery to check out these captivating artworks and more. They will be sure to add a spring to your step!

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